If you’re concerned about the water quality in your home, then chances are you’re like the large quantity of Americans who choose to spend hundreds on store-bought water. In my home, we were concerned about the quality of our water, and the issue became even more highlighted with the headlines that ran rampant last year.
But we didn’t think that buying water at our local supermarket was the answer. Instead, we looked at common sources of impurities in water, and we were surprised by what we found. We knew that after some time impurities could bleed into the water from the pipes, but we didn’t realize just how many options were available to us.
We chose the right pipes for our home, and in this article, we’ll give you some of the top options you can choose from. Hopefully, with this helpful guide on your side, you’ll be prepared to make the right choice for your family’s safety.
Affordable & Malleable: PEX Pipes
In recent years, the need for quality plastic pipes has increased exponentially; PEX piping addresses this need.
- Strong and durable
How About Brass Pipes?
The cheaper, more home-appropriate alternative to stainless steel pipes, brass pipes are a great investment for the homeowner looking to re-pipe and wants a safe option that will last a long time.
You can find them being used in some restaurants, but their uses extend well into at-home uses. Some of the advantages include:
- In heavy use since the 1960s
- High heat resistance
- Durability – lasts a long time
- Don’t pollute your drinking water
- Visually pleasing so they can be used as exposed piping
- Can bend
Old School Durability: Cast Iron Pipes
Cast iron pipes can add plenty of character to a home, and if your home was built prior to 1920, chances are the majority of your piping consists of cast iron. Like other metal pipes, these are strong and durable and can last for a long time without sustaining damage the way a plastic pipe might.
However, they do require extra care to make sure they aren’t rusting too quickly or releasing impurities into the water stream. Should you need to replace or make a repair, PVC pipes and parts fit extremely well with cast iron piping.
Modern Pipes: CPVC Piping
CPVC (Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride) pipes are likely the most commonly used pipes today. They’re stronger than regular PVC pipes, and contain more chlorine making them safer and less likely to affect the water quality.
This material has been in use as sewage piping since 1959 and began to be used for sprinkler systems in 1985. Their only downside is their inability to put up with an extreme cold – they can freeze and crack if exposed to frigid temperatures.
Get Pipes That Won’t Endanger Your Health!
If you want to ensure that the water you’re drinking is as safe as possible, then your efforts should focus on the quality of your home’s piping. Even if you opt for more affordable options, you should always make sure that you’re getting them from trusted manufacturers.
Bring your friends in on the conversation! Share this article with them to help them make the right choice when searching for safe piping to install in their home.